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New York Times, Thursday, May 27, 2021

17-time host of the Academy of Country Music Awards

Author:
Barbara Lin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Lin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times5/27/21 ( No. 26,133 )
Across
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Sites for whirlpools : SPAS
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Some time ___ : AGO
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Peppery salad ingredient : CRESS
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Pack down : TAMP
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It's been called "the art of making a point without making an enemy" : TACT
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Toots one's horn : HONKS
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Young woman living in a city, as 58-Across would say : URBANMYTH
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Oreos at an ice cream parlor, say : ADDIN
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___ d'Or (Cannes award) : PALME
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Subject of a squabble between airplane passengers : ARMREST
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Dedicated work : ODE
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Minnie's promise, as 58-Across would say : WORDOFMOUTH
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Bureaucracy : REDTAPE
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"How ___ it?" : WAS
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Epitome of simplicity : PIE
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Word with secret or talent : AGENT
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Beano competitor : GASX
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When an armistice is signed, as 58-Across would say : MOMENTOFTRUTH
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Hunger (for) : ACHE
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Lines of power : WIRES
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___ Day (May 1, in Hawaii) : LEI
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G.I. to be worried about : MIA
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Kidding around : JOSHING
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Looking pretty, as 58-Across would say : INGOODFAITH
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"Starter" starter : NON
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Shaky : TENUOUS
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City that's home to the N.C.A.A.'s College World Series : OMAHA
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Tickets : CITES
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Animated character who's the subject of this puzzle's theme : SYLVESTER
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"Madama Butterfly" has four : ARIAS
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Super Monkey Ball company : SEGA
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Small stream : RILL
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Offer from a volunteer : LETME
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Hand pic, maybe : TAT
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Livens (up) : PEPS
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Daze : STUPOR
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Marching band event : PARADE
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Moseyed along : AMBLED
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Something you might use a filter for : SPAM
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Producer of the Jacksons? : ATM
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___ rights, cause long championed by the Mattachine Society : GAY
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Eightsome : OCTAD
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Baubles : CHARMS
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Sporting event in a ring : RODEO
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Finally reaches : ENDSUPAT
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Easy to scare : SKITTISH
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ID theft target : SSN
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Comfy couch accessory : THROW
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Movement associated with crystal healing : NEWAGE
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Curator's deg. : MFA
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Tournament type : OPEN
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Counterpart of own : RENT
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"Imperio" or "Crucio" in the Harry Potter books : HEX
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Gentle : TAME
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Service station offering : TOW
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Say all sorts of nice things : GUSH
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17-time host of the Academy of Country Music Awards : MCENTIRE
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Slow-on-the-uptake cry : OHIGETIT
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Major exporter of mineral water : FIJI
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Go at a clip : TROT
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Do some farrier's work on : RESHOE
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Mahershala of "Green Book" : ALI
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Salon foam : MOUSSE
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"Affirmative" : IDO
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"Don't make ___!" : AFUSS
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Drawn : INATIE
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Totally useless : NOHELP
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Twists into deformity : GNARLS
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When many New Year's parties begin to die down : ONEAM
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So far : ASYET
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Car sticker fig. : MSRP
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The Golden Bears of the N.C.A.A., familiarly : CAL
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JFK alternative : LGA
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Sight at a brewpub : VAT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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